Hit series Food Network Star returns with star-studded lineup

The hugely popular series Food Network Star returns to Los Angeles with the most star-studded season yet. Hosted by Bobby Flay and Giada DeLaurentiis, and aided by a selection committee including Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson, 

Food Network Star follows 15 finalists as they compete in a series of food-related challenges for the chance to host their own show on Food Network. 

This season, the finalists will do whatever it takes to outshine their competition.  From creating and advertising a unique food truck under the watchful eye of Tyler Florence to throwing an impromptu dinner party for Wolfgang Puck, creating a meal using beer for an All-American 4th of July Food Festival hosted by Guy Fieri or competing head-to-head Iron Chef America style in Kitchen Stadium, the competitors will have to prove they can play in the big leagues. 

Making special guest appearances this season are Mario Lopez, Anne Burrell, Scott Conant, Alton Brown, Melissa D’Arabian, Michael Symon, The Neelys, Duff Goldman, Robert Irvine, Paula Deen, Ina Garten, Rachel Ray, and Courtney Cox along with the full cast of Cougar Town.

The season-long trials and triumphs culminate in the finale on August 23, 2011 at 9pm ET/10pm PT where the finalist proven to have the ultimate recipe for success is revealed and begins filming a six-episode Food Network series.

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